Family of chopper crash victim still in shock
MIRI: The mother of a Petronas Carigali contract staff is still in shock and disbelief over the death of her son, Aewan Faslasaini Salihin, 22, after the helicopter he was travelling in crashed in waters off Bintulu on Tuesday afternoon.
AEWAN: Supposed to have come home after two weeks offshore today.
She said that Aewan, a technician working with Dej-Teck Sdn Bhd, last talked to her before he went offshore middle of last month was about his desire to concentrate on his career.
I want to focus on my carrier and talk less, was what Aewan told his mother, Noraini Abdullah, 52, a Melanau who hails from Kampung Muhibbah, Kuala Baram.
That desire is never fulfilled because his (dead) body was found by the Search and Rescue team about 2.20 pm yesterday. His remains were rushed to Bintulu for a post mortem.
Noriani said that Aewan, her youngest child, was a friendly and cheerful person. He was easy to get along with and was liked by his colleagues and friends.
He was supposed to return home tomorrow (Feb 1) after nearly two weeks working offshore, she lamented, adding that there was nothing unusual about him before he left two weeks ago nor was there any sign of sort prior to his sudden demise.
Aewan was one of eight workers onboard the helicopter that crash-landed in the open sea off Bintulu on Tuesday.
I know it but I am still hoping and praying against all odds that my son is alive, she wept, while being consoled by her other children.
She said that Aewan had only been working at his post for six months after he graduating in mechanical studies from Pusat Giat Mara in Kuala Baram.
Aewans sister, Siti Hadzar, 36, who was very closed to him, said that every time he returned back from offshore, he would ask his mother to cook Kacang Dal - his favourite dish.
I was looking forward to seeing him tomorrow (today) because thats when hes back from offshore, she said while clutching a framed photograph of her favourite brother, still a bachelor.
Their father Selihin Rakawi, 56, who operates a canteen in Kuala Baram, was still in shock to be interviewed.
Meanwhile, several Petronas Carigali officials visited the familys home in Kuala Baram yesterday to offer their condolence.
Family members and relatives are also still in disbelief about the incident and are gathering at the home to give whatever assistance they could and offer words of comfort to the bereaved family.